Research Scientist - Dr. Rafael Casellas' laboratory

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Oct 3, 2022

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Research Scientist - Dr. Rafael Casellas' laboratory

The primary purpose of the Research Scientist position is to apply technical expertise and experience to coordinate, design, and carry out cancer research projects while following standard operating procedures for the laboratory.

Caring: By our words and actions we demonstrate caring toward everyone.

Integrity: We work together with professionalism to merit the trust of our colleagues and those we serve in all that we do.

Discovery: We embrace creativity and seek new knowledge from diverse perspectives.

Safety: We provide a safe environment - physically and psychologically - for our patients, for our colleagues and for our community.

Stewardship: We protect and preserve our institutional reputation and the precious resources - people, time, financial and environmental - entrusted to us.


**Personnel: Oversee workflow and lab productivity; provide and develop training; provide and receive feedback; ensure cultural continuity; lab specific on-boarding/orientation of new members; annual reviews of technical staff. **Scientific: Develop, modify and improve SOPs; provide training on specific techniques and advice on experimental design to junior lab members. **Operational: Maintain and improve operational service; equipment service orders; safety compliance; facilities service requisitions; ensures lab compliance with MDACC and accredited agency mandatory regulations/trainings. **Financial: coordinate with grants manager and PI to monitor/plan budget; order requisitions; inventory maintenance; budget integrity; negotiate with vendors.


**Plans, coordinates, directs, and participates in scientific research projects with experiments to isolate and characterize human antibodies to generate CAR-NK and CAR-T cell receptors to be used against hematopoietic tumors. **Specific attention is given to understanding cellular mechanisms, such as protein/protein (antibodies, receptors, ligands, etc.) interactions, and how these mechanisms can be controlled and/or influenced to impart anti-tumor activity. **Design and develop experiments or research to obtain desired results. **Prioritize and manage multiple experiments in a timely and resource-effective manner. **Utilize common research instruments and equipment competently and capably with little to no supervision. **Report research findings (oral and written) at internal, local and national meetings. ** Prepare and submit research related abstracts and manuscripts for presentation and peer-reviewed publication.

Equipment, Supply Management & Laboratory Safety:

**Select and purchase new equipment in consultation with other professional staff and maintain technical equipment for the laboratory. **Manage inventory of biologics and replenish them as needed. **Coordinate and share responsibilities of laboratory maintenance and operation issues with co-workers. ** Assist assigned PI to ensure correct practice of laboratory safety as required under institutional guidelines, including but not limited to maintenance of safety manuals and performance of laboratory testing of equipment. **Maintains knowledge of all safety requirements. Other duties as assigned.


Analytical Thinking - Gather relevant information systematically; break down problems into simple components; make sound decisions.

Develop Oneself - Pursue learning and self-development; actively seek feedback; transfer learning into next steps; set high standards of performance; drive for results and achievement.

Oral Communication - Express ideas clearly and concisely in groups and one-to-one conversations; create an environment with open channels of communication.

Team with Others - Initiate, develop, and manage relationships and networks; encourage collaboration and input from all team members; value the contributions of all team members; balance individual and team goals.

Service Orientation
Provide service to our stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, colleagues and each other, in a safe, courteous, accountable, efficient and innovative manner to include:
• Promoting inclusiveness and collegiality that demonstrates respect and professionalism to our stakeholders at all times
• Modeling safe, ethical behavior that mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices, and adherence to MD Anderson's Standards of Conduct, institutional policies and procedures
• Responding to requests in a timely manner while proactively communicating expectations for procedures, service arrival, or project deliverables to stakeholders
• Using the steps to HEAL (Hear, Empathize, Address and Learn) the relationship when service recovery is needed

People Leadership
• Provides development opportunities and ongoing feedback to employees to include timely completion of administrative staff and classified employees each evaluation period.
• Provides clear direction and communication to employees within unit.
• Demonstrates cultural competence that creates an inclusive environment for the diversity represented within unit's staff.
• Manages operating expenses to budget.
• Completes required 16 hours of continuing education for people leadership skills per year.
• Complete Management Curriculum within required timeframe.

Education Required: PhD in one of the natural sciences or related field or Medical degree Education Preference: None. Experience Required: With PhD, no experience required. With Medical degree, two years of experience in experimental or scientific work. Experience Preferred: None. It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

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